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I posted this over on the Counter Culture Apollo facebook page but thought the community here might enjoy it. Grand re-opening of my home espresso bar!

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Sometimes it's nice to contemplate life over a really good cup of coffee. I don't get to do this very often!

Coffee: Counter Culture Rustico // Hario V2, 16g coffee, 250g water, 3:30. 
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This is a great article about Starbucks acquisition of La Boulange earlier this year. Of course the article is about Starbucks and their future food plans. However, the larger story here is the pastry industry and the challenges of baking high quality pastry at scale. I found it very interesting, well written and worth the time to read.
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Hi all,

I am looking for a hand grinder for a travel coffee setup. I am curious to know if you recommend the Porlex or the Hario. I will be specifically grinding for drip coffee with it.
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+Michael Erb both will fit but the mini is shorter so it's neater...
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I just realized how far I have traveled in my quest for good coffee. I use a scale, goose neck kettle, $500 grinder, pour over cone and beans mere days off roast. And just about all of that is completely foreign to the average person that really wants a good cup of coffee!

I talk grams now. Both water and coffee is weighed. I don't think the average person even has a scale at home. The only reason I did was because I weigh dry ingredients when I am baking instead of using a measuring cup. Do you know how hard it is to help someone brew a cup of coffee when you can't even get the coffee measured out accurately? We haven't even started the discussion about brew methods yet.

I have been enjoying coffee for a while now at a very high level. My next challenge is to help others have that experience too. What tips or tricks have you used to help someone new to coffee achieve a good cup at home?
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I run a coffee community in Singapore known as REND! (www.rend.sg) where we, the 'renderers', serves, shares and give coffee to everyone who wants to know more about coffee.  We would organise complimentary tasting sessions in different locations from a wedding banquet to an art gallery (which the coffee bar is going to be up and running in a few days time!) and to wherever we can plant ourselves.

Being an educator, I successfully trained my fellow educators to be novice baristi (3 of them at least!) behind a prosumer espresso machine at the workplace!  We meddled with setting up the espresso machine, PID settings, grinder settings, espresso grind fineness, tamping, extraction time... the whole works, and of course, not forgetting steaming milk to make wonderful latte art - free pour or etching!

We are now into V60 pourover and exploring lighter roast profiles of the many different types of beans from all over the world!  Hopefully, more will pick it up and truly start an interesting journey in coffee!
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Sometimes it's nice to contemplate life over a really good cup of coffee. I don't get to do this very often!

Coffee: Counter Culture Rustico // Hario V2, 16g coffee, 250g water, 3:30. 
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Anyone care to educate me on why Scott Rao's book is selling for $5678.00 on Amazon? I think you can still buy it from him for $45 can't you?
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PS. This is related to Espresso because Scott Rao has created a phenomenal book on the subject I am looking to buy!
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This is a great article about Starbucks acquisition of La Boulange earlier this year. Of course the article is about Starbucks and their future food plans. However, the larger story here is the pastry industry and the challenges of baking high quality pastry at scale. I found it very interesting, well written and worth the time to read.
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If you like photography there is a lot to glean from this video.
 
Quite awesome video with Vincent Laforet making the most of a Lensbaby Composer and a budget Canon film camera. 
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Just sitting down to cup two roasts of the same beans. Figuring out the affects of roast duration on flavor.
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